I KNOW WHAT I SAW By Imran Mahmoud #BookReview #BloomsburyBooks #Bookblogger #IKnowWhatISaw

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I saw it. He smothered her, pressing his hands on her face. The police don’t believe me, they say it’s impossible-but I know what I saw.

Xander Shute – once a wealthy banker, now living on the streets – shelters for the night in an empty Mayfair flat. When he hears the occupants returning home, he scrambles to hide. Trapped in his hiding place, he hears the couple argue, and he soon finds himself witnessing a vicious murder.

But who was the dead woman, who the police later tell him can’t have been there? And why is the man Xander saw her with evading justice?

As Xander searches for answers, his memory of the crime comes under scrutiny, forcing him to confront his long-buried past and the stories he’s told about himself.

How much is he willing to risk to understand the brutal truth?


I picked this up to start reading at 10.30pm and didn’t want to put it down but reluctantly did so at about 4 am and picked it back up as soon as I was awake the next day and read on until it was finished. This is the first book I have read by Imran, but after finishing this I immediately ordered his first novel You Don’t know Me which is I believe currently being made into a tv series. If it’s half as good as this one I can’t wait to read the book and watch the tv series.

Xander Shute had a great job earning a very good wage, although he was never really interested in the money, he had Grace as his girlfriend and was happy. But then Grace and he split up.

Now he lives on the streets, and has done for thirty years, what made him give up everything and spend so many years sleeping in alleyways, in parks, eating scraps he finds discarded?

One night he ends up in a fancy place in Mayfair after finding the rear door open, but then the occupants return home and he hides, the couple begin to argue and he witnesses the woman’s murder. But when he reports it to the police they can find no evidence or signs of any kind of disturbance let alone a murder. Xander describes the inside of the apartment but when the police show him pictures of the inside it is nothing like he described. Could the owner have redecorated? How could he have done it so quick? Especially replacing all the flooring.

Xander is so convinced on what he saw,that if the police won’t investigate he will do it himself. But can he do it without getting himself into trouble. The police have already arrested him once for an altercation with another homeless person. Then they accused him of wasting their time.

What would you do if you saw a murder but no one believed you?

I absolutely loved this book, I liked Xander I felt real empathy for him, he had given up everything, but why? I liked how the author showed how people react when someone is dirty and dressed as a homeless person, but then when Xander is dressed differently he is treated completely different, treated with more respect, listened to more. Why should clothes and a clean face make someone more believable than a person who may be down on their luck for any reason? There are people who choose this way of life, but others who have no choice it has happened to them through no necessary fault of their own, and can be so difficult to get off the streets. Sometimes these people become invisible which is very sad.

I was so hooked on this story from start to finish, unable to put it down, I had to know how it was going to end. I know people hate when you keep saying there were twists that you don’t see coming. But there were a few things in the story that completely threw me, I really never saw them coming. This is a thrilling read, brilliantly crafted. With characters that are three dimensional and believable. If you are looking for a good book to curl up with then look no further. Grab yourself a copy, get a comfy spot with a nice drink and settle down for the ride. Because once you start you will not want to stop until you finish that last page. I really didn’t want this one to end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank @LauraNMeyer of Bloomsbury books for sending me an ARC of this brilliant book. All opinions and views are my own and not influenced in any way.


Imran Mahmoud is a practicing barrister with almost 30 years’ experience in fighting cases in court. He hails from Liverpool but now lives in London with his wife and daughters. His debut novel You Don’t Know Me was chosen by Simon Mayo as a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice for 2017 and long listed for Theakston Crime novel of the year and for the CWA Gold Dagger, and is currently being adapted for screen in four parts. When not in court or writing novels he can sometimes be found on Red Hot Chilli Writers’ podcast as one of the regular contributors.

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